Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Best events in San Diego: March 14-March 20
Thursday | 14
SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS: PIZZA, PINOT, AND PI
An after-hours party celebrating Pi Day (3/14) and Einstein’s birthday. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and activities. Identification required. A cash bar includes beer, wine, and cocktails. Ages 21+. $15–$20.
WHEN: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org
Friday | 15
SAN DIEGO DANCES
A “roving mini-festival” of dance by the PGK Dance Project, featuring choreography by Peter G. Kalivas, Natasha Ridley, Donna Scro, Viviana Alcazar, guest company Freespace Dance/NJ, and participants of a local workshop led by Kalivas and Scro. Wine and beer concession provided by Bluefoot Bar & Lounge and Soda Bar. $15–$20.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m
WHERE: 3rd Space, 4610 Park Boulevard, University Heights. 619-255-3609; 3rdspace.com
Saturday | 16
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL
The parade travels up Fifth Avenue from Laurel to Upas Street and then returns down Sixth Avenue to Laurel. There will be over 120 parade entries: bagpipers and high-school marching bands, police and fire department units, floats, dancing groups, and more. The Irish Festival in Balboa Park (Sixth Avenue and Maple Street area) features entertainment on two stages, including Irish step dancers and a full afternoon line-up of Irish folk singers and bands. There will be craft booths, food booths, a Celtic village, beer gardens, and a kids zone with rides. Contact: Colleen Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Balboa Park, 619-582-4441 or 858-268-9111; stpatsparade.org
Sunday | 17
GROWING PUBLIC ART IN FALLBROOK
Event features five artists participating in demonstrations and interactive projects, Irish food, refreshments, a silent auction, and an opportunity to work with an artist to create a masterpiece. Artistic media include oil and watercolor painting, sculptures, and metal pouring. This annual fundraiser will benefit Fallbrook’s 2013 project, an “organic wall” mural that is being planned by local artisans. Admission ticket includes dinner and dessert. $15.
WHEN: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Art Campus, 310 East Alvarado Street, Fallbrook. 760-458-7267; fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
Monday | 18
Local artist Jeannie Ortiz leads the class. “We work in a variety of materials, from modeling clay to soap, plaster, wood, stone, and whatever else we can get our hands on.” Meet under the palapa at the top of the hill.
WHEN: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. 760-414-1056; email@example.com; altavistagardents.org
Tuesday | 19
NATIVES FOR NOVICES
The California Native Plant Society and Clayton Tschudy, of Tschudy Designs, present “Reliable Wildflowers in the Garden.” Followed by a presentation by Greg Rubin from his new book The California Landscape: Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance. Rubin and co-author Lucy Warren, garden writer and local horticulturist, will sign books after the meeting, which will be held in room 104 of the Casa del Prado.
WHEN: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1800 El Prado, Balboa Park. Info@cnpssd.org; cnpssd.org
Wednesday | 20
MUSHROOMS AREN’T JUST FOR DINNER
Test out one-of-a-kind building blocks made entirely from fungi. San Francisco–based artist Phil Ross creates forms from the strands of mushrooms, called mycelium. Participants invited to build a structure with these strong and sustainable materials. All ages welcome. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Avenue, East Village. 619-233-8792; thinkplaycreate.org